‘Get Started’ event marks first of three free mini-conferences held in the Helix

By Áine Campion

The Helix, DCU. Image Credit: Laura Horan

Cityswiter, Girl Crew and FoodCloud were just some of the start-ups in attendance at DCU’s annual ‘Get Started’ mini-conference in the Helix last Tuesday.

This year’s event is being organised by DCU Business School in conjunction with the Business Innovation Platform, the DCU Ryan Academy, IC4, Microsoft Ireland and StartUp Europe.

Award-winning start-ups and successful entrepreneurs shared their experiences of starting their own business. Andrew Keogh, international pitch coach and founder of Aristo, presented the conference.

Philippe Brodeur, CEO of OvercastHQ, a platform for professionals to manage their video content in the cloud, talked about the theme of differentiation in entrepreneurs.

DCU graduates Brian O’ Rourke and Alan Farrelly, of transportation platform City Swifter talked about their setbacks and achievements.

Girl Crew founder Elva Carri shared her personal story behind the formation of a global female friendship initiative. iCabbi founder Gavan Walsh discussed his opportunities in dispatch technology.

Adrian Mihai of Opening.io explained how the company applies data science in recruitment processes, and Isuelt Ward shared how FoodCloud’s food donations have benefited local people and charities.

Roisin Lyons, DICE co-ordinator and co-organiser of the event said: “The conferences are important to students in the DICE programme, which is an undergraduate entrepreneurship module, and Next Generation Management (NGM), a postgraduate module

“After each conference first year DICE students are required to write a blog as part of their assignment by incorporating their learnings from lectures and conferences. They write their perception of the topic.”

Eoghan Stack, CEO of DCU Ryan Academy said: “The point of Get Started is to give DCU students an opportunity to get insights from actual start-up founders.

“The hope is to break-open stories from start-ups, show that anyone can come up with a great idea that could become a start-up business, and to encourage students to give it a go.”

The DCU Ryan Academy is running Student Hackathon from the 25th-27th November in conjunction with New Ireland Assurance where the challenger looks at financial futures for millennials. Applications are open now until the 14th of November.

The next conference ‘Get Social’ is on the 14th of February 2017, registration is free and open to anyone, available at marketinglab.ie

Áine Campion

Image Credit: Laura Horan

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